November 20th, 2008



Headings marked in BLUE represent new information. Headings marked in PURPLE represent old information.

The mission of the Simmons School of Management is to educate women for power and principled leadership. We are committed to the advancement of knowledge and practice in management through excellence in education and research. Our academic programs offer rigorous, applied, management education designed for women. We focus on leadership, and our programs integrate the strategic, functional, and behavioral aspects of management. SOM students gain the knowledge, analytical skills, and confidence that they need to manage successfully in dynamic and global environments. We are invested in our students’ success and support them as they launch, advance, and change their careers.

New Information This Week

Note from Mary D.

Quotes of the Week

1st Tour of the New Building for MBA Students

China Travel Course

MBA Office Staffing Updates

Note About Yesterday and Email
Spring 2009 MBTA Pass Information
Registration Updates
Harvard School Of Education Student Research Conference

SOM Successes

MBA Office Updates

Note from Mary D.

There will not be an update next week due to Thanksgiving, so enjoy your holiday!! Please promise me that you will take some time off and have some fun with your families and friends. You have worked really hard so far, and will come back to the end of the semester and finals. You need to stop for a while and rest so that you have the stamina to keep going when you return. But, more importantly, holidays are important milestones in people’s lives and thanksgiving in particular. Many of you will have had lots to celebrate this year. Others of you will struggle through them because it brings with it memories from friends and families that aren’t with you this year. The economic crisis has changed the positive outlook of many because of losing a job unexpectedly, fearing that you will not survive new cuts of layoffs, or watching your investment accounts tumble recently. Thanksgiving is a time for reflection, for appreciation, for thanks for all the good things that you have in your life. Treasure the moments you spend with family and friends, as they are the anchors in your life that you need, especially when you are in school!! Sleep in, have a turkey sandwich with all the things you don’t eat any other time of the year, watch a football game, go for a walk, meet a friend for coffee. Just promise me that you will take some time for yourself and reconnect with the important people in your life!!

Quotes of the Week

This is an old quote with many variations, but one I find particularly resonates around the Thanksgiving Holiday!

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar...and the coffee...A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was. The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with an unanimous "yes. The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed. "Now," said the professor, as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life." The golf balls are the important things- your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions- things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your education, your house, and your car. The sand is everything else-the small stuff. "If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls.

The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner. Play another 18. (THAT’S A GOLF TERM!!) Take care of the golf balls first, the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand. One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend."


1st Tour of the New Building for MBA Students

Thursday, December 4, 12pm after the QA class!! Evening students have asked for it to be the first or second week in January because it is just too hard to get in before class, but if you work close to school, come join us on the 4th!!

China Travel Course

There is still room in the China travel course for any student interested in going. Applications are due by Dec 1 with $1000 deposit and final payment for all students will be February 15! M

MBA Office Staffing Updates

Katlyn had a baby boy, Declan, last weekend, and all is well!! That means that we have moved into our coverage plan for both the MBA and UG programs this week! As of this morning, Monday 11/17, Paula has moved over to the Comm. Ave campus and will cover the 8:30-4:30 shift, M-F, but on Thursday mornings will be at MCB. Maryum and Carolyn, our MBA student workers will be covering the 4:30-8pm shifts Monday through Thursday and weekend classes. Karen will cover Comm. Ave on Thursday morning and Darla will also be filling for coverage on the Comm. Ave Campus depending on what is going on!! All of these staffing adjustments will remain in place until we move on December 18. Thanks very much!! Mary D

Note About Yesterday and Email

The College email system went down about 7:30am yesterday and was out until 5pm. It put all of us really behind in responding, so we would ask your patience as we dig out. It is amazing actually how work comes to a standstill when email goes down for such a long period of time!!

Spring 2009 MBTA Pass Information

Applications are now available for the Spring 2009 Semester (February - May).  Completed applications and payment are due by January 6, 2009, to the Office of Student Leadership and Activities. For more information please visit:

Schedule Reminders for Next Week

On November 24 at noon in CR2, there will be a brown bag presentation by Erin DeCurtis, MBA ’08, who has been doing her entrepreneurship practicum in Sustainabilty at Simmons College. It should be a great hour and we invite you all to attend!!

Be a Promising Pal!

The Scott/Ross Center for Community Service is currently recruiting
volunteers from the Simmons community for this year's Promising Pals
program, a writing initiative with student from the James P. Timilty
School in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood.  Through a series of letters
exchanged over a six month period (December - May), the program
fosters relationships between middle school students and adults in the
Greater Boston area.

Promising Pals is collaboration between the James P. Timilty Middle School
and the Greater Boston community.  Started in 1986, the program highlights
literacy and mentoring by giving students exposure to the outside
professional world through an exciting writing initiative with an area

Simmons College is one of the largest participants involved in the program.
Last year over 160 Simmons faculty and staff members, graduate
students, and alumni joined over 600 professionals from greater Boston
to be a part of this program.  By establishing a correspondence
relationship between Timilty students and professionals in the Greater
Boston area, the Promising Pals Program encourages self-expression,
role modeling, and skill development.  Through the program, adults and
students correspond regularly by writing letters at intervals
throughout the second semester of the school year.  At the end of the
school year, the pals are required to attend the annual Promising
Pals breakfast, where they will meet their student. This year's
breakfast will be held on Friday, May 29th.

To register as a Simmons Promising Pal, go to:

If you know someone outside the Simmons community who would like to
participate in this program, please tell them to email, with "Promising Pals" in the subject line.

For more information, contact Rachel Suskewicz in the Scott/Ross
Center for Community Service at or (617)

MBA Office Staff Transitions

Paula Bent, Manager of MBA Program Operations, will be covering the MBA Office once Katlyn goes out on maternity leave on Friday, November 14th. For those of you who don't know her, she currently is based in the Undergraduate Office with Nicole Catavolos and has worked in the MBA Office since Fall 2007, when the two programs merged administratively. She will be able to assist you with all of the same things that Katlyn did. You can reach her at Katlyn's extension (x3832) or by email:

If you have MBA Update submissions, they will go to Nicole. You can email her at

International Certificate Program - India, Nov 21, 2008- Extended Deadline

We are offering a wonderful opportunity for up to two current MBA students to join the International Certificate Program. The Program has an emphasis on gender and leadership in an area of choice, which is India for 2009.

The Program involves taking a minimum of six elective credits during the MBA program in the area of (a) gender, diversity and leadership, (b) international marketing/ finance, and (c) culture of India/ South Asia, during the Spring / Summer 2009 or earlier.

In addition, the students will spend a semester abroad in Fall 2009 at Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIM-C).   IIM-C is a premier business school in India and the world, and is our partner institution.   It attracts best talent in India (200,000 students apply for 250 general seats every year, and many of its alums are in the senior management of major corporations around the world including Indira Nooyi at Pepsi) and gets nearly hundred exchange students from around the world every Fall.

While doing their semester abroad at IIM-C, students will take a minimum of six credits of courses, that are primarily international/ India in their content.   IIM Calcutta offers a good number of electives in several disciplinary areas - see

The Program fee for the entire semester abroad, including tuition fee, international airfare, boarding, lodging, and travel and health insurance, is $3000.   This will be due in Spring/ Summer 2009 before departure to IIM-C.

A minimum GPA of 3.3, or an equivalent interim academic standing, at the time of application will be required to qualify.  The student will also need to fill a short application form, explaining why she is interested in the International Certificate Program, and why she is a deserving candidate to be accepted (an essay of up to 500 words).   In addition, a recommendation letter from any SOM faculty is required.

Application deadline:
Applications are invited immediately (by Nov 21st). The application, including the essay, and a recommendation letter from a faculty, should be submitted to the MBA Program Office. For further information, please contact Professor Vipin Gupta,

Net Impact MBA Perspectives Survey

What impact has the recent financial crisis had on graduate business students’ perspectives on MBA education and careers?   Please take 10– 15 minutes to answer a survey and tell us what you think.  To take the survey, click on this link: or paste it in your browser. The survey is intended for MBA students only and closes November 26. Questions can be directed to  Survey respondents will have a chance to enter a raffle to win a $100 gift card from American Express.

Registration UpdateS

  • Econ/Comm Strat-has been fixed! Econ moved its first class to a Wednesday!

  • For students with the SDM/M.Accounting conflict we advise you to take M.Accounting either during the day or work with Susan Hass to get permission to attend that night’s class in the day section and that will clear up the conflict. There is no evening track of M. Accounting and SDM that collide, and we think this conflict is a result of folks on individual tracks or 18 month Jamits opting to take it at night !!

  • We do not yet have a date for the Health, Econ and Finance class, we are trying to get it!

  • If you are taking Marketing in the spring or have taken Marketing already, you can take Int’l Marketing. There is a weird system gliche that only allow one or the other but not both!! Email Paula if you are trying to get in and can’t!!

  • All 16 month students should be taking Operations on Wednesday nights along with anyone else that normally would have had it either in the fall or summer of this year! Next offering of Ops will be Fall night.


News & Events

Harvard School Of Education Student Research Conference

The Student Research Conference at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) offers a unique opportunity for graduate students to present completed research or works in progress on topics related to education.  This entirely student-run conference, the largest event of its kind, allows new scholars to receive feedback from and connect with other students and HGSE  faculty with shared research interests. Graduate students from any institution and any discipline are invited to submit proposals for presentations on  education-related work. The call for proposals will go out the week of November 17, and  the conference will be held at HGSE, in Cambridge, MA, on March 13,  2008. Additional  information on the conference, presentation formats, and submitting proposals  may be found at the SRC website,  or you may email questions to

SOM Successes

We had a very successful two weeks in the SOM with student events! The Fair Trade Fashion show hosted by Prof. Susan Duffy and current Entrepreneurship Certificate student Heatherjean MacNeil. They had over 250 people in the Paresky center and students down the hall because they couldn’t get in. UG, Entrepreneurship Certificate, MBA students and alums were the models and it was a fabulous evening. Last week we had a very successful UG networking event with over 100 students, alums, faculty and staff aimed to help UG’s practice networking skills through conversations, role plays and getting feedback. We had current MBA students helping to mentor our UG and a wonderful number of MBA alums who came back to help!! Cynthia Ingols hosted the academic component of the evening and it was another terrific night for the SOM.



Career Services Updates


Network Express: Annual SOM Alumnae Networking Event

Date: Wednesday, December 3
Time: 5:30-8:30pm
Location: SOM, 409 Commonwealth Ave. (Green and Gold Rooms)
Please RSVP to

Don’t miss this opportunity! 

  • Meet and network with SOM Alumnae
  • Learn about their careers, industries, and functions.
  • Sign up for one on one conversation with the Alumnae guest!
  • Receive feedback on building rapport while networking to help you in your career development process.

We invite you to attend one of the prep sessions to learn more about this event. 

December 1st at 12pm in Case Room 2
December 2nd at 5pm in Case Room 2

Please RSVP to

If you aren’t able to make it to the Prep Session for the Network Express please contact the Career Services Office at 617-521-3857 or via email.

Date: November 20
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. 
Location: Bakey’s Restaurant & Bar, 45 Broad Street
Cost: Members - $10    Students, Affiliates & Non-Members - $15                       
To register visit

Take a break from all the turbulence in the financial markets by meeting new friends and reconnecting with old acquaintances.  Enjoy cocktails and networking in a private room at Bakey's Restaurant & Bar, located in the heart of the Financial District. Bring business cards to share and be entered into a drawing for one free membership for 2009. We'll see you there! Cash bar & light hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Financial & Economic Turmoil presentation
Boston Women in Finance is excited to welcome back Lynn E. Browne, EVP, Regional Outreach and Communications at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, for a luncheon presentation on the causes of the recent financial crisis and the implications of financial turmoil for the real economy.   Lunch will be served.

Date: Thursday, December 4
Time: 12:00 - 2:00p.m. 
Location: Suffolk University, Sargent Hall Function Room
Cost: Members - $10  Students, Affiliates - $15   Non-Members - $20                           
To register visit:



Did you know that 80%+ of people seeking jobs ultimately secure them through some form of networking?  In that spirit, the Career Services Office (CSO) is pleased to present the third edition of the Networking Profiles book.

To access the Networking Profiles book:

  1. Log on to e-Learning
  2. Go to the SOM Community Forum, and open the file named “Networking Profiles 2008.”
  3. For any problems, or to add your profile, please contact Georgette Jover at or 617-521-3857.


  1. JOB STREAM: when you do a job search in the search results, two “job search results” tabs appear (1st tab is for Career Connect, 2nd tab is MonsterTRAK). 
  2. CAREER AD NETWORK (CAN): Based on what you are interested in, MonsterTRAK provides targeted job ads to you on your home page and job search screens. 

Recent Job Postings – Visit Career Connect  
~ Financial Analyst -  Massachusetts General Hospital
~ Associate Director - Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for Aged
~ Director of Early Education - Greater Beverly YMCA
~ Senior Human Resources Manager - hr-roi
~ Director of Development and Volunteers - Citizen Schools

Recent Internship and Fellowship Postings – Visit Career Connect  
~ HR Map Intern (Non-Technical) -  Hewlett-Packard Company
~ Practice Consultant - Massachusetts General Hospital
~ Finance Fellowship - MGH Physician Organization (MGPO)
~ Internship - La Bella Dolce Bakery
~ Internship - MassPRO
As a reminder, please keep your Career Connect profile up to date. If you forgot your username and password, please contact or 617-521-3857. Please do not re-register yourself as past information about you will be lost.

Is your organization looking for smart, talented candidates?  Do you have an Employee Referral Program?  Tap into the amazing candidate pool right here at Simmons SOM!

  • Contact Lisa Toby ( about specific opportunities for individual matching of students and alumnae
  • Post positions on Career Connect thru the CSO
  • Add an announcement in the MBA Update
  • Use the electronic networking profile book which includes profiles of participating current students
  • Introduce CSO to your organization's HR/Recruitment


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Library Updates

Thanksgiving Week Hours –  The library will be staffed limited hours during the week of Thanksgiving. Our hours for the week will be:

Monday (11/24) – 8am – 8pm
Tuesday (11/25) – 8am – 8pm
Wednesday (11/26) through Friday (11/28) – CLOSED
Saturday (11/29) – 10am – 4pm

The Beatley Library will be open until noon on Wednesday. Please see their posted holiday hours at

Research Assistance – Need help figuring out the best database to find articles? Problems finding what demographic is the biggest consumer of ham products? Contact the librarians and set up a time when we can help you! Linda Schuller Wolf, the SOM Librarian, is at or 617-521-3851 and Michael Wick, the SOM Library Assistant, is at or 617-521-3847.

Library Blog – We’re happy to report that the SOM Library blog has been chosen as one of the “Top 100 Management and Leadership Blogs” by HR World. Check out the list at and read the SOM library’s blog, found on the web at for articles of interest to the SOM Community.

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